Donald “Duck” Dunn, whose powerful bass notes built the foundation for hits like Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man” and Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour,” died Sunday morning in Tokyo. He was 70.
Best known for his work with Booker T and the MGs, the famous Memphis session band, Dunn had been in semi-retirement for years. There had been no indications of serious health problems.
Steve Cropper, Dunn’s lifelong friend and musical comrade in Booker T and the MGs, said he died in his sleep.